Joseph Dorbon, Arbois Blanc Savagnin (2010)

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Joseph Dorbon commenced his work as vigneron in 1996.  He works three hectares of vineyards situated in his village of Vadans, six kilometers north of Arbois and across the Route Nationale from the fabled town of Montigny-les-Arsures.  The vines are hillside plantings, southeast facing, at approximately 1,000 feet of altitude (322 meters).  Dorbon works his vineyards following the best ecological practices and is now on the path to organic classification (“en conversion biologique”). 

This cuvée is aged for 6 years sous voile before being bottled—just three months short of the minimum requirement to be a Vin Jaune. It is incredibly concentrated and loaded with aromas of dried hay and roasted nuts, and it would not be an egregious error to mistake this wine for a Vin Jaune. Beyond the wild, earthy aromas is an elegant interplay of minerality and pure, concentrated fruit that gives this wine incredible length and grace. The combination of power, wildness, and elegance, makes this a wine that could only be a Savagnin from the Jura.